According to this morning's Tennessean article (front page, above the fold) "English-only measure splits voters in Davidson" they commissioned a survey of Nashvillians and got a result they were looking for. As far as I can tell from their website and the dead tree version, the Tennessean fails to provide the actual question and fails to provide any more information about the breakdown of the measly 200 participants. I can only assume this important clarifying information was purposefully omitted.
From their article they asked likely voters about:
"a measure that would bar Metro government agencies from translating written materials into other languages or offering interpreters to the public."But the actual wording of the amendment from the last petition sent out by the English First folks doesn't say the city would be barred from translating or providing interpreters. It says:
“English is the official language of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Tennessee. Official actions which bind or commit the government shall be taken only in the English language, and all official government communications and publications shall be in English. No person shall have a right to government services in any other language. All meetings of the Metro Council, Boards, and Commissions of the Metropolitan Government shall be conducted in English. The Metro Council may make specific exceptions to protect public health and safety. Nothing in this measure shall be interpreted to conflict with federal or state law."It doesn't say 'bar' it says you don't have a right to a translation. It also says exceptions may be made for health and safety. That's a looooong way from 'bar'. If they used 'bar' in their questions it was misleading and nullifies the survey completely.